Phoenix Technologies Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Was a good place to work... a long time ago...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Phoenix Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I first began working at Phoenix there was high energy and a lot going on.

    Cons

    By the time I left it had been acquired and went downhill from there.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees and yourselves.


  2. I guess it is ok place

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Phoenix Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    After acquisition, we were quickly laid off, but at least generous compensation and severance package to have me stay aflot. Would not say terrific place to work but at least not bad.

    Cons

    No cons for working at this place.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Fun while it lasted

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Phoenix Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I learned stuff. I got paid.

    Cons

    Company has a history of boom and bust, failed diversification. I was there for one of these.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with BIOS. If you have extra money don't blow it on diversifying, the company is incapable of it. Give it out to shareholders as dividends or to employees as bonuses.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Short but sweet

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of IT in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Director of IT in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Phoenix Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At the time were building cool security apps.

    Cons

    Company didnt know if it wanted to be a Software company or a BIOS company. Also strong influence of Indian culture, meant that it was a "If you cant do this, your fired... Bring in the next victim, i mean engineer....

    Advice to Management

    Bring home more development to the US


  6. Life Changing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FAE in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - FAE in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Phoenix Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High Tech, excellent customer base, world wide travel

    Cons

    Declining BIOS marketplace makes it difficult for revenue growth in the traditional sense, i.e., firmware sales.


  7. Helpful (3)

    I was told "There will be a good home for you here." when I was hired. Year later was shown the door without warning.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Phoenix Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are still some great folks that work there.

    Cons

    Management cannot be trusted, lot's of flailing around. Poor communication. Contention between U.S. and non-U.S. divisions. Statements and actions of management were often incongruent.

    Advice to Management

    Let someone with better skills take over. If you cannot be transparent about your actions and intentions, then you should review why that is.


  8. Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Phoenix Technologies

    Pros

    Given the tools that I needed to fulfill my job

    Cons

    The computers systems provided were good and can be upgraded along with peripherals


  9. Excursion into Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Phoenix Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some decent people worked there.

    Cons

    Never able to break out of 'BIOS jail.' Management shuffles forced some good people out.


  10. Was a good job until the company went private

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Management in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Management in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Phoenix Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good location, good people, good benefits. I really enjoyed working with most of the folks there. Of course there were the few that were difficult, but overall it was a good exp.

    Cons

    Executive mgmt was gutted by hostile take over of the BOD. When I was there it was during a hostile take over of the board of directors. With in days/weeks all of C level execs were gutted and the company went through a huge layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. Mediocre tech company with loose management like a retirement house

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior BIOS Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior BIOS Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Phoenix Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People can fully enjoy life during working, like in a retirement house. Benefits were not too bad as well.

    Cons

    Too relax type of management and culture, you never need to be working hard, and to have any sense of urgency and accountability working there. This directly resulted in losing bussiness and lost in the industry. Note my review for the company was for 10 years ago and my last year of employment was 2003 (following drop down list doesn't have that choice).



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